Monday, May 21, 2018

Clothing Tag Inspired Card

Have you ever been inspired to create a card by something you've seen, even though it wasn't a card? I bet you have...I admit, I've taken surreptitious photos of things like the shirt on the lady sitting in front of me in church so I could recreate it later on a card. For this one, there was a black tag on my son's jeans and it had clear embossed tire tracks on it. This was four years ago! I know because I posted that card here.

I was going through my saved scraps of techniques (watercolored panels, heat embossed sentiments, etc) I've made and found this black paper heat embossed with clear powder and a Hero Arts flourish stamp. I love this old stamp and need to employ it some more.I layered the saved scrap embossed piece with papers to make this card.



I added a strip of gold paper to match the gold embossed sentiment from Papertrey Ink. I really love the clear embossing on black paper...it's pretty classy looking. You can see this post where I first tried it out.

Gearing up for the Coffee Loving Papercrafters' Blog Hop upcoming on Friday...hope you get a chance to join in to try to win prizes! 

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, May 18, 2018

Happy Birthday, Party Animal

I used this adorable free digi from Useless Trinkets to make a birthday card for a nephew. I used the Sugartree Stamps Party Animal digi for the sentiment inside the card, "Happy Birthday, party animal." Not sure if he's an animal, but it seemed a good sentiment for him.




I used my Prismacolor pencils and used the black one to shade the edges of the stamp. I added white highlights with a uniball pen and then used the Clear Nuvo drops for his eyes and teeth and party hat spots.

Head to Useless Trinkets to see all the freebies and head to this post of mine to see this little guy in green and here to see him in Ombre.

Happy Friday!
Chark


Monday, May 14, 2018

Octopuses vs Octopi

I have always thought the plural of one of these guys is octopi...but it turns out it's not! Here's what Merriam-Webster says about it.





When “octopus” was first mentioned in the English language in the mid-1700s, it was pluralized as “octopuses.” That said, some grammarians wanted English to be like the less irregular Latin language, so they started putting Latin pluralizations on Latin-based English words, which led to “octopi.”

However, “octopus” actually comes from Greek, so it later got the super-rare pluralization, “octopodes” (pronounced ock-TOP-uh-deez). Here’s the kicker, though: Ultimately, octopus is an English word, and as such, it has an English pluralization, meaning that “octopuses” is correct according to the conventions of the English language.

The verdict: Say whatever you want (even octopodes, we suppose), but know that in modern English, “octopuses” makes the most sense.

So, to be correct, you say octopuses...but I may have to start using octopodes. That'd really throw people into a tizzy!

My grown daughter loves the little guys, no idea why, but she's enamored. So when we went to the Mall of America's Aquarium and they had a small one, we had to visit it awhile and take pics.



I made her some cards to give friends and families and used a little octopus die I got from somewhere. Here are some of them.




What do you call 8 x 3.14? Octopi



What is a gathering of octopus called?  Octoposse.


Why did the octopus blush?  He saw the bottom of the ocean.


How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?   Ten tickles.


What do you call the place where an octopus is sitting?   Octopied.

Hope you liked these octopodes! And jokes!

Happy Monday!

Chark






Friday, May 11, 2018

Hero Arts Notes and Dates Digi Duel

I'm up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today dueling it out with team member, Arlene. Each month on the 11th, two team members use the same digi set to make cards. You can head here to see the full post, but here's how I made my card.



I layered a bunch of the digi stamps in CorelDraw to start but I ended up with just two layered here and then I added a sentiment from the digi set Chalkboard Frames and Messages and ran the arrow through the letters. I added a ton (maybe too many?!) Nuvo Drops for accents. And I added glitter stars from my stash because, yes, I like my glitter AND because I smeared one of the drops :) I tried to use the Mono Sandpaper Eraser, but it didn't get rid of all of it. So, I covered it up! 

Then I liked how the edge looked white-ish from the eraser, so I ran it along the edges to get that look around the card. You could use white ink to do this too. Think I'll send this to my adult nephew.

That's it! Hope you'll check out the May challenge over at a2z and join in for a chance to win!

Happy Friday!
Chark

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NSD Winner Announcement

Hi, friends, I'm here to announce the winner of my NSD giveaway...Congratulations to MARIEBEMAKSUD!


Thanks to all who entered for your support and for following me!
Marie will be getting some scrapbooking supplies from Echo Park's I'd Rather Be Crafting line.

And just for a little freebie for everyone, here are a few royalty free Teachers' Day printables if you need to thank a teacher. I found them online and since school is winding up for the year, there are lots of people to thank. What a fabulous way to thank a teacher—a personalized memory for them to keep, along with a $10 Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts card, for all that caffeine they need!




Happy Wednesday!
Chark










Monday, May 7, 2018

Last Day to Enter

It's the last day to enter the National Scrapbook Day giveaway...scroll to Saturday's post (the next one down) and follow the directions! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

The dies alone are worth $27 and everything is brand-spanking-new!

Here's a close-up peek at the dies and stamps.


Good Luck!
Chark